“I Vant to Be Alone” ~ Greta Garbo
As the famous film actress explained, sometimes a wo/man needs a break.
A grown-up’s “time out”.
A moment of quiet, in her own kitchen, with a cup of tea and no one asking her to explain yet again how the microwave works.
You’ve been there, I know. We all have.
Interestingly, when Garbo said she wanted to be alone, no one around Garbo took it personally. Instead, they saw it as part of her glamour, her mystery, her savoir faire. They thought her abiity to state her need, clearly and simply, made her cool.
Even better, they gave Garbo that time to herself.
When it’s becoming overwhelming and you need some time to yourself to decompress, “pull a Garbo”.
Tell your au pair that you just want some time to yourself.
Explain that it’s a Garbo thing, a way for you to sustain your glamour and your mystery as a host mom.
If your au pair knows you want to be alone, and understands that you need to be alone, s/he’s more likely to leave you alone.
And you can enjoy that damn People magazine without anyone asking whether you really think Jennifer Anniston is pregnant.